The United States Army is in development of a hoverbike that could revolutionize how soldiers are resupplied in the battlefield.
The JTARV, or joint tactical aerial resupply vehicle, will be capable of flying low to the ground or high in the air reaching speeds up to 60 miles per hour. Plans are for the vehicle to be un-manned.
The quadcopter has a weight capacity of 300 pounds, which would be vital supplies in the heat of conflict. Molloy Aeronautics, the U.K. company working with the Army on the hoverbike, is also in development of a similar-sized copter capable of capable of carrying people as well.
The Army Research Laboratory (ARL) showed off the JTARV to Dr. William Roper, director of the Strategic Capabilities Office at the Office of the Secretary of Defense and members of his staff during a recent visit to the lab.
Associate chief of the ARL’s Protection Division Tim Vong spoke to the future impact of the JTARV, saying "Anywhere on the battlefield, Soldiers can potentially get resupplied in less than 30 minutes." He continued on to say that the ARL is exploring possible improvements to the vehicle with the goals of “increasing payload capacity to 800 pounds and extending the range up to 125 miles,” among other ideas.
It may not be as glamorous or as Jetson’s-esque as a flying motorcycle, but the hoverbike appears to be on the cusp of being a useful tool for our country’s military.
Check out the Army’s press release here for more info.